Jack Landau, Urbantoronto.ca
Always a trend setter in the residential real estate market, loft style living has become synonymous with downtown housing. Whether a converted warehouse, church, or a newly built loft-style condominium, this hot-in-demand format of residential housing has attracted both young professional new home buyers and downsizing empty-nesters towards a richer urban setting. The east side of Toronto’s Downtown has been host to several of these developments, encompassing both adaptive re-use of existing building stock, and new purpose-built loft condominiums. With an influx of new loft units throughout the area, we turn our attention to an all but complete project just east of the Don River on Queen Street East. Sync Lofts, a new purpose-built loft-style condominium, is moving into its occupancy phase.
Streetcar Developments worked in partnership with Dundee Realty Corp. to develop the site into a 98 unit, 8-storey condominium. The loft-inspired development, designed by Tact Architecture, is decked out with unique features including private standalone rooftop terraces on the building’s penthouse floor, which can be purchased independent of a residential unit. With only six of the building’s 98 units still listed for sale, we hopped on a Queen East streetcar headed to Sync Lofts for a tour of two of the project’s remaining suites.
The two suites we visited are located on the 6th floor of the building. Suite 601, a naturally lit 934 square-foot, two-bedroom unit with southern and western exposures, features both a 40 square-foot corner balcony, as well as south facing Juliet balconies in the living room which overlook Queen Street East below.
The clean, modern kitchen is punctuated by stainless steel appliances, while the stone-tiled backsplash plays on the neighbourhood’s industrial revolution-era charm.
The playfully staged unit by Seven Haus Design takes advantage of the abundance of natural light allowed by the suite’s vast expanse of window. The neutral tones which dominate the design of unit 601 are interrupted by a vibrant orange couch, which acts as a focal point for the entire suite.
Unit 601’s balcony, in the southwest corner of the building, offers panoramic views of the expanding Toronto skyline, as well as the intimate neighbourhood views one comes to expect from a mid-rise development located downtown.
Before leaving 601, we take a closer look at some of the suite’s interiors, visible below.
Next we move along to Suite 610, an 850 square-foot, two-bedroom, south-facing unit. Like the previous suite, 610 has been staged by Seven Haus Design, and features a much different stylistic approach. This suite features a different set of standard finishes than the previous unit we looked at, and the warm wood tones of the floor and cabinetry are a fitting setting for Seven Haus’ creative take on a classic-meets-modern design.
Once again, natural light plays a predominant role in the suite’s interior visual aesthetic. Windows with Juliet balconies line the living room’s southern exposure, filling the suite with a rich natural light. The warm tones seen in the unit’s standard finishes are replicated throughout the space.
With features like an Escheresque area rug, anatomical wooden model hands and petrified wood gracing the living room tables, and a unique tan-leather psychiatric lounger, the design of suite 610 exudes a laid-back sense of retro-modernism, a fitting aesthetic for an area with a storied past and a bright future.
Before heading off, lets take a quick look around the rest of Suite 610. With finishing touches being applied to the building, and the first wave of residents moving in, we expect the last 6 units at Sync Lofts to sell quickly. For a listing of the remaining units please visit SyncLofts.com.